Top Quilters, Terrific Quilts Come To Rim Country

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The 5th Annual Quilt Roundup is Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson. The quilt show is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15.

The finest quilters and most fabulous quilts and fabric art converge in Rim Country next month.

The 5th Annual Quilt Roundup is Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson. The Quilt Roundup is a show with awards, a long weekend of lectures and workshops and a chance to purchase material and supplies from specialty vendors from throughout the state.

The quilt show is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15.

It will include a special exhibit of work by award-winning Rim Country quilters, including Sharon Schamber, Gina Perkes, Leslie Peacock, Monika Hancock, Debbie Stanton and many more. Admission to the show is $3 for those 13 and older, or $2 with a can of food.

Quilt appraisals

Quilt appraisals by Nora Mohr will be available by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 13, 14 and 15. Mohr is a member of the Baltimore Antique Society, Arizona Quilters Guild, American Quilters Society, American Quilt Study Group, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles and Round Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Her range of expertise runs from antique quilts to newly made quilts, as well as art quilts. The appraisal fee is $45 and is for replacement purposes or fair market value. The client will receive documentation and at least two photos of the property appraised, a copy of Mohr’s credentials and a short summary on the care of quilted textiles.

The lectures and workshops begin Nov. 12. Lecture topics are: Chicago School of Fusing with Laura Wasilowski from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 for a fee of $20; Short Cuts, Top Tips and Secrets with Marti Michell from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 for a fee of $20; Treadle Machine Demonstrations with Wilma Hitterman from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for no charge.

There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee for all the workshops, plus additional, varying fees for the individual classes. Find full description of the classes and materials needed at www.rimcountryquilt roundup.com.

Half-day classes

Half-day classes still open are Machine Trapunto with Lisa Brothman from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40; Sunburst with Marti Michell from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40; and Sunrise & Shadows Log Cabin with Lisa Brothman from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40, plus $4 for the kit. Registration for these half-day classes will be taken up until Friday, Nov. 13.

Registration for the full-day classes must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Thursday classes, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Interlocking Hexes with Marti Michell, $75; Longarm Advanced Stipples and Unique Feather application with Sharon Schamber, $125 plus $20; Object Lesson with Laura Wasilowski, $75.

Friday classes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Fabric Painting with Lisa Brothman, $50 plus a $25 kit fee; The Rosette and Its Relatives with Marti Michell, $75; Leave In Foundation Piecing with Gina Perkes, $75; Longarm Dancing Feathers and Pattern Design with Sharon Schamber, $125 plus $20; Fusing Fun, Day 1, with Laura Wasilowski, $120.

Saturday classes, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Creating Beautiful Quilting Designs with Gina Perkes, $75; and Fusing Fun, Day 2, with Laura Wasilowski.

About the instructors

Lisa Brothman is an award-winning quilter and began her teaching career in 2000. She has taught at the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival (2000-2009); Winter Quilt Retreat Bryce Canyon (2002-2009); at quilt shops and guild chapter meetings.

Marti Michell was the 2004 recipient of the Silver Star Award at the Houston International Quilt Festival, presented annually to “a living person whose body of work has positively influenced, promoted and developed the art of quilting.” She is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival.

She and her husband, Richard, started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company in 1972 when there was no quilt industry. She has a line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers and has published numerous books on quilting.

Gina Perkes designs many of the images she quilts on a non-stitch regulated Gammill Classic quilting machine. She has won numerous state and national awards and is a spokesperson for Gammill Quilting Machines.

Sharon Schamber has won many national awards, most recently the $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest, and has been awarded the title of Master Quilter from The National Quilting Association. She is also the number one-ranked longarm quilter in America.

Laura Wasilowski is a contemporary quilt maker, teacher and creator of hand-dyed fabrics and threads. She has an undergraduate degree in costuming from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. and a master’s of art degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.

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